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Monday, February 14, 2005

Terri Schiavo Doesn't Deserve Attorney Per Judge's Ruling

In another twist to the Terri Schiavo case, an outrage has occured. A local judge has decided to use a technicality in the law. Judge George Greer, a Florida Circuit Court Judge, rejected arguments from the attorney representing Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, that Ms. Schiavo was denied due process because she was not allow direct representation.
LifeNews.com: Judge Greer issued a nine-page written order on Friday saying the Schindlers didn't show enough evidence to move forward on a hearing on the due process claims. "The respondents (the parents) have failed to show that failure to appoint independent counsel violated statutory or constitutional due process requirements that would void the court's (previous) order," Greer wrote. He cited a ruling by the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal, which previously said it was appropriate for Greer to serve as an independent advocate for Terri as he considered the arguments by both sides.
What must make the pain of a family trying to save their daughter from unnecessary death even greater is that Terri Schiavo's husband, using the legal rights granted to him, is represented by a leading euthanasia lawyer, George Felos (Here is a press release regarding Mr. Felos' devotion to his viewpoint).

All that can be said for the "mercy" killing advocated by Michael Schiavo and Attorney George Felos is that it is mercy sought not for the patients but for those who must bear responsibility for them. This is a degradation for life with many parallel's in human history, not the least of which being the Holocost of the Jews.

UPDATE: Outside the Beltway cross-posts and quotes this article as well as provides further linkage and insight.

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